Look out. Here come the St. Bonaventure Bonnies!
After back-to-back losses to the Florida Gators and Little Rock Trojans, by a combined 10 points, the Bonnies have been one of the more impressive teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Following the loss to the Trojans to open up the Lone Star Showcase, the Bonnies routed the Central Michigan Chippewas by 31 points, and followed that up with a 26-point win over Lamond Murray, Jr. and the Pepperdine Waves to close out the event.
Wins over the Siena Saints and Buffalo Bulls followed, giving the Bonnies a four-game winning streak, and a 5-2 record overall. They’ve been on quite the roll over the last week and a half, and given their remaining non-conference schedule, they could win out and enter conference play as one of the hottest teams in the nation.
A big reason for their success? The play of junior guard Jaylen Adams.
Before the season started, we named Adams the 57th-best player in college basketball, and he’s proven to be one of the best over the Bonnies’ first seven games. This past week, he continued his impressive play.
In St. Bonaventure’s two wins over the Saints and Bulls, Adams put together an all-round impressive week, averaging 28 points and 6.5 assists per contest.
For his efforts, junior guard Jaylen Adams has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for the week of November 28th to December 4th!
After their impressive showing in the Lone Star Showcase last week, the Bonnies returned home for two contests against teams from in and around New York.
Up first, the Bonnies welcomed the Siena Saints to Saint Bonaventure, NY, with the battle for the Franciscan Cup. The last time that the Bonnies won the rivalry game with the Saints was back in 2013.
Adams scored 27 points, while shooting 50.0% (9-of-18) from the floor to help lead St. Bonaventure to the 91-84 win over their rivals. He also added 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal in the victory.
Three nights later, this time against the Buffalo Bulls, the junior from Baltimore, MD didn’t slow down.
He scored a game-high 29 points, this time shooting 60.0% (9-of-15) from the floor, leading the Bonnies to the 90-84 win over their Big 4 rival. Adams finished the game with 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals, while hitting five of his nine 3-point attempts.
Over the two games, the elite scoring guard averaged 28 points, 4 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 2.5 steals per contest, while shooting a combined 18-of-33 (54.5%) from the field, and 8-of-16 (50.0%) from three point range.
Ever since Adams stepped foot on campus as a freshman, he has been one of the most underrated guards in the NCAA. He is a top-tier scorer who has averaged at least 10.0 points per contest over his collegiate career so far.
His shooting percentage has improved with each passing year. As a freshman, he finished the year shooting 38.6% from the floor. Through seven games in 2016-17, Adams is shooting 47.1%.
On top of that, he is an excellent facilitator and ball distributor. Adams has averaged at least 4.5 assists per contest over his career.
In 2016-17, Adams is averaging a team-best 22.3 points and 6.1 assists per game, while adding 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 steals per contest. Alongside transfer guard Matt Mobley (20.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.4 apg), the Bonnies have one of the top guard duos in the nation, let alone the Atlantic 10.
After helping the Bonnies to two wins over instate rivals in the past week, junior guard Jaylen Adams has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for November 28 – December 4!
– T. Bennett
November 21 – 27, 2016: Marquise Moore, George Mason Patriots
November 14 – 20, 2016: Eric Mika, BYU Cougars
November 11 – 13, 2016: Jairus Lyles, UMBC Retrievers
**College Court Report Player of the Week recipients are selected from teams in the following conferences:
America East, Atlantic Sun, Atlantic 10, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot League, Southern, Southland, Summit League, SWAC, Sun Belt, West Coast, and WAC